When we say dad shoes, we know you know exactly what we mean. They’re thick soled, bouncy, comfortable, and absolutely not just for dads. That’s right, the best dad shoes are for everybody, they’re cool, and it’s time you stop depriving yourself of one of the most functional, practical types of footwear on the market.
We know you’ve worked hard to cultivate this cool-dude-attitude through your style but clearly you’ve not tried hard enough. We know your younger self would likely disown you and opt to live out a vagabond lifestyle if he could see you now. That little snot-nosed punk can suck it, though. You’ve had your youth, and while you won’t get it back anytime soon, these are the next best thing.
Dad shoes are versatile, easy on the soles (and soul), and make the perfect barbeque, family road trip, or sporting event companion while also showing you still know what’s cool. They’re breathable, durable, and bound to conjure up appreciation from your fellow men as you stride into a room. If you’re still not totally convinced, the dad shoes we’ve selected are more than the simple shoes you’ll find at department stores or supermarkets.
They are shoes which are top of the range, the best in their industry, and something you’ll quickly fall in love with as soon as you lace them up for the first time.
The Best Dad Shoes
Our top pick for the best dad shoes around today are the Nike M2k Tekno Shoe, which doesn’t immediately strike us as a classic dad shoe, but names can often be deceiving. Once you get a good look at it, it’s clear this is exactly the thing you’ve been searching for ever since you had that unconscious, irresistible drive to get your hands – or feet – on a pair of the best.
Constructed with a combination of genuine leather and synthetic materials, you get the best of both worlds and a shoe that’s highly durable for all kinds of activities. The textile fabric blends perfectly with the leather to save any distractions while also offering excellent protection from the elements or potentially spilled beers at the cookout.
The Puma Thunder Spectra Sneaker comes with a leather and suede mix construction that provides a combination of sport and casual features and ends up making it one of the best dad shoes on the market. The low top design still ensures necessary support while also giving your feet and ankles enough room to breathe, and the mesh fabric that covers the top of the foot around the lace area is an excellent self-cooling feature, especially on humid days out.
Unlike other dad shoes, it offers a wide toe box that won’t cramp your feet up and gives you excellent maneuverability when climbing or jogging while still ensuring great traction on the sole and the protective side wall keeps your feet safe and secure on less trustworthy terrain. The lightweight construction is also ideal for reducing foot strain and makes it more comfortable when considering all-day wear and is arguably one of the lightest dad shoes you’ll find.
- Weight2.56 pounds
If you’re looking for a pair of dad shoes that fits with the classic, no-frills style, the Fila Strada Disruptor is an excellent place to begin. Available in just black or white with only some splashes of color (if you want), this is the style everyone thinks of when you say you’re looking for a dad shoe. There’s nothing wrong with this, though, and more often than not, simplicity is the winner.
Like other dad shoes, it combines leather and synthetic materials to create an effective and satisfying shoe that’s certain to last throughout the years. It is lightweight with an EVA midsole and light rubber outsole for excellent comfort and support. Despite this lightweight style, it’s also tough, a lot tougher than you’d expect. This is thanks to the leather construction, but also because of the high quality stitching Fila have provided as they bring the class shoe design into the 21st century.
- Weight2.81 pounds
A cool, versatile pair of shoes, the Adidas Yung-1 offers an awesome and creative take on retro nostalgia perfect for those who never thought they could get away with dad shoes back in the 90s – or doesn’t even remember such a decade. Immediately, we’re drawn to the chunky look, which isn’t just there to provide an unmistakable style and design, but also to ensure an excellent and reliable Torsion System for mid-foot stability.
Despite this chunky style, it’s still lightweight enough to keep your feet feeling as fresh as ever, while the padded collar won’t rub against your feet throughout the day to ensure comfort and satisfaction with no chance of complaints or needing to take a rest. The combination of suede, mesh, and leather gives you a durable and rugged construction, and the sculpted rubber outsole is ideal for a variety of terrains, even if you’re only planning on walking along the sidewalk.
- Weight3 pounds
Our best value pick for dad sneakers is the Skechers DLT-A Oxford which in classic Skechers fashion comes at a price that many sneakerheads (dads or not) would consider a steal. Coming with a beautiful modern design that perfectly complements the traditional ‘dad’ style, this is a shoe that has something for everybody. The 100% fabric construction is lightweight and breathable, while the outsole and chunky midsole provide that vital arch support.
The memory foam insole is also ideal for personalizing the fit to suit you and it can and over time it will mold to your foot. This same insole is also air-cooled, which makes them a great pair of kicks for running, but can also double as easy, stylish casual shoes. The high apex lace up system will also keep your feet secure even on arduous walks to guarantee a secure foot all day and minimize the risk of injury.
- Weight3 pounds
Even though you’re unlikely to find a dad to fit these dad shoes, the Champion 93Eighteen Big C Leather Sneaker is a great option for boys who feel like their father is the coolest cat in town (and up to a certain age, isn’t that all of them?). A vibrant gold color makes them stand out from your average dad shoes and are certain to catch the eye of the second man of the house so he can feel just as awesome as his dad.
They don’t just look good though. The durable leather upper is perfect for boys who love to explore will last through more than a few treks into the bushes, climbing trees, and going on adventures which even if you need to clean them afterwards is worth it. The rubber sole will keep their feet comfortable through the day and ensures a youthful spring in their step wherever they go. This outsole also ensures traction and grip, which is perhaps the most important part of any boys’ clothes when they’re feeling at one with the wilderness.
Thick-soled shoes are a staple of the dad sneaker design, and the Adidas Originals Falcon Athletic Shoe is an ideal choice for anyone looking for an authentic experience. The design is painfully 90s, but we mean that in the best possible, and combines the attraction of fresh, white kicks with splashes of color to create something that looks straight out of, The Fresh Prince, or pretty much any popular sitcom from the era.
The red and purple combine beautifully to give these sneakers a spark of style which we know some of you strive for in your footwear, and the shiny side arch ensures you’ll be noticed wherever you go. It’s not all about how they look, though, and these shoes are well-constructed but also breathable enough to offer you a fantastic experience that won’t cause blisters or foot ache after a heavy gym session or even court practice.
This time we bring you the Adidas Twinstrike ADV Sneaker Shoe which while not as lightweight as some of our other picks still feels great to wear whatever you do. It’s bulky – but that’s kind of the point – and looks like a shoe that’s built to last. It doesn’t look like it, though, like any decent shoe worth pulling on your hungry feet, it is, and it may just be the most durable shoe we’ve found for you.
Using a combination of fabric complemented by the rubber sole, you get a superb and reliable option for running, walking, training, or just hanging out with your buddies. The lace-up system is sturdy, and the leather harnesses on the side panels ensure excellent stability and foot security during more intense session. The 360-degree Climacool technology keeps your feet from overheating and the lightly padded tongue prevents abrasions.
- Weight4 pounds
The perfect shoe for those who spent their youth ollying, grinding, and kickflipping (or at least trying to), the Globe Fusion shoe is an awesome throwback like nothing else. It doesn’t rely on patterns or modified modern styles, but instead brings you the grunge look that only skate shoes knew how to. Yes, this is very much a skate shoe for the modern age and it achieves this look by sticking to what it knows.
The TPR heel stabilizer is excellent for providing traction while the stretch-sock construction offers ample room for wide feet while also allowing slimmer feet to still feel snug within. Unlike some shoes you may encounter in your life, they fit true to size, which is awesome, and there’s not much more to say about that.
- Weight2.95 pounds
Saving what are arguably the best dad shoes for last, our premium choice is the Adidas Yeezy Boost 700, which come with a suede upper construction that offers both style and functionality you expect from a dad shoe. This durable construction ensures longevity, and can justify the price you’re willing to pay for them. The thick sole indicates support and comfort throughout a range of activities, but will also just look and feel good when you’re kicking back and relaxing in the yard.
It’s no surprise that this product relies heavily on influence from the 90s, and you’re likely to feel a spark of nostalgia as soon as you lace these babies up. Unlike other shoes we’ve looked at the Yeezys encapsulate a marvel of sneaker technology advances.
- Weight4 pounds